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Soft Delete Child Models in Laravel When a Parent is Deleted

Soft delete is a useful feature of Laravel Eloquent. When models are soft deleted, they are not actually removed from your database. Instead, a deleted_at attribute is set on the model and inserted into the database. If a model has a non-null deleted_at value, the model has been soft deleted. You can view the documentation of Laravel Soft Delete here.

Brian Dillingham introduced a wonderful package called soft-deletes-parent that automatically soft delete a model's children while maintaining their own soft-deleted state when you restore the parent model. After the installation, you've to add the SoftDeletesParent trait below, and the Post model's parent_deleted_at will update whenever an Author model is deleted or restored. This allows you to maintain the original deleted_at for the Post model after Author is restored. The Post model will scope queries to exclude anywhere the parent is deleted.


You can install the package via composer by running this command:

composer require dillingham/soft-deletes-parent


After the installation, you've to add the parent_deleted_at column to your table:

Schema::table('posts', function (Blueprint $table) {

Next, you've to add the trait and parent model to your child model:


namespace App\Models;

use Dillingham\SoftDeletesParent\SoftDeletesParent;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Post extends Model
    use SoftDeletesParent;

namespace App\Providers;

class AppServiceProvider
    public function register()


With parent trashed:


Only parent trashed:


You can view the source code and other details of this package on Github.

Published at : 04-11-2021

Author : Rizwan Aslam
Rizwan Aslam

I am a highly results-driven professional with 12+ years of collective experience in the grounds of web application development especially in laravel, native android application development in java, and desktop application development in the dot net framework. Now managing a team of expert developers at Codebrisk.

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